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This blog is to highlight the unjust persecution of legitimate non-TV users at the hands of TV Licensing. These people do not require a licence and are entitled to live without the unnecessary stress and inconvenience caused by TV Licensing's correspondence and employees.

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Wednesday, 16 January 2019

More TV Licensing Doorstep Aggression

Hot off the press at Mumsnet today:
TV Licensing guy turned up on doorstep and was very aggressive. I was so frightened I just answered his questions.

We'd moved very recently and have a TV licence, just hadn't notified TVL. I checked with them and that's no problem. The guy found the licence but then didn't seem able to control himself and began to ask me questions and fill in what I now realise was a caution sheet. Thankfully two people who were quoting for works to the flat turned up otherwise he would have entered the property. He asked me all kinds of personal questions in front of them. I know it sounds pathetic but I was just so frightened and confused by the whole thing, I signed the sheet of paper which I didn't even know was a caution sheet. I called TV Licensing and they said once he knew I had a licence he should have stopped.

I reported him to the Police and they were shocked I'd been questioned under caution when I'd committed no offence. I was in tears. I also feel such a fool for not having understood what was going on and allowing myself to be intimidated.

I read up on it afterwards and discovered that BBC outsource this to Capita. The DG of the BBC ordered an investigation into their tactics last year. But it looks as though they are still operating in same way and they actually target vulnerable people. I've always been a supporter of the BBC but this experience has shocked me. Should the BBC really be allowed to outsource to Capita knowing how they operate?
Having established that Mumsnet user mainlymoderate held a TV licence, albeit having forgotten to transfer it from her previous address, we're struggling to see what this particular TV Licensing goon was hoping to achieve by interviewing her under caution.

What he should have done, in accordance with the TV Licensing Visiting Procedures, was transfer the licence across to the new address.

Technically speaking a TV licence is only valid for the property whose address it displays. That being the case, mainlymoderate may have inadvertently committed an offence by using TV receiving equipment at her new address before the licence was transferred. Even so, there would be no public interest whatsoever in pursuing such a case. Any attempt by TV Licensing to prosecute in these circumstances would be sheer vindictiveness.

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Monday, 7 January 2019

Couple Lose £10k to TV Licensing Shysters

A Hampshire couple were conned out of almost £10,000 by shysters pretending to be from TV Licensing.

They clearly didn't read our earlier warnings on this subject.

Jerry Tack, 65, received an email purporting to be from TV Licensing asking him to renew his TV licence.

Without giving it a second thought (which is probably where he went wrong) he clicked a link in the official-looking email and entered his payment details online.

A couple of days later Jerry received a phone call purportedly from Nationwide, which the couple bank with.

The voice on the line warned that Nationwide had detected suspicious account activity. It asked Jerry to transfer the balance of each of the couple's accounts to a new "safe" account. In a remarkable feat of naivety Jerry, clearly unfamiliar with bank security measures, followed the scammer's instructions and transferred across £9,900.

A couple of hours later Jerry realised his mistake and contacted Nationwide, but it was too late. As Jerry had authorised the payments to the scammer Nationwide refused to reimburse the £9,900.

A Nationwide spokesman said: "We're very sorry that our member has been a victim of this cruel scam.

"Unfortunately, despite warnings generated by our systems, the member gave away details to the fraudster and originated all of the transactions into the third-party account."

Over the last couple of months there has been a sharp increase in the number of hoax TV Licensing emails in circulation. These emails, which often look very convincing, attempt to deceive recipients into disclosing sensitive personal and financial information - a process known as phishing.

A TV Licensing spokeswoman said: "TV Licensing will never email customers, unprompted, to ask for bank details, personal information or tell you that you may be entitled to a refund."

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Saturday, 29 December 2018

BBC Unable to Temper Lineker Political Bias

Crisp-stealing, jug-eared arsehole Gary Lineker has courted controversy among his BBC peers and viewers alike by using Twitter as a platform to spout left wing, anti-Brexit rhetoric.

Lineker, 58, who receives a salary of £1.7m courtesy of the TV licence fee, has been accused of breaching strict BBC rules by regularly expressing trendy-lefty political opinions via social media.

Guidelines state that BBC staff and freelancers working for BBC News and Current Affairs must not state or reveal publicly how they vote or express support for any political party, express a view for or against any policy which is a matter of current party political debate on subjects such as Brexit.

The BBC has confirmed that Lineker, as a sports presenter, is not subject to the same conditions of employment.

A couple of weeks ago respected BBC cricket presenter Jonathan Agnew tweeted a reminder to Lineker that he was the face of BBC Sport and should therefore be following editorial guidelines. Lineker mockingly thanked Agnew for his concern, adding it "wouldn't be concern at all if you agreed with me".

A BBC spokesman told the Express: "Gary is not involved in any news or political output for the BBC and as such any expression of his personal political views does not affect the BBC's impartiality."

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